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Superintendent's Spud Award

The Superintendent's Spud Awards are presented by the superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools to employees, students, parents and community members who display exceptional performance in their action and behavior to continue the district's tradition of excellence.

Awards may be presented to individuals who exceed expectations in the following categories:

Distinguished Service

  • Displays exceptional performance in actions and behaviors above and beyond his or her duties.
  • Takes extraordinary steps to achieve results that enhance teaching and learning, student support or operations or positively impact the community.


  • Displays leadership, initiative, pride, respect and dedication in addition to regular duties or areas.
  • Leads staff successfully through change in extraordinary circumstances.

Customer Service

  • Goes the extra mile to exemplify the tradition of excellence in all interactions with customers, including students, parents and community members.
  • Has a "can-do" attitude that focuses on service and motivates others.


  • Shows a record of accomplishments and creativity and continues to bring new vision to the district.



Superintendent’s Spud Award: Haley’s Milk Run

December 10, 2018

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Haley Dellaneva for her distinguished service that positively impacts the community. Since 2011 Dellaneva, with the support of her family, has raised more than $170,000 to provide milk for students in the Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo school districts through Haley’s Milk Run, a volunteer motorcycle run during the summer. In 2018 each school district received $11,500 from Haley’s Milk Run to help elementary students receive milk for snack break during the school year.

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Superintendent’s Spud Award: 2018 AVID Seniors

May 2, 2018

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to the 2018 AVID seniors for their leadership to underclassmen and their distinguished service at Moorhead High School. The AVID seniors have organized successful fundraisers for charities, given tours to new students, and taught Moorhead High faculty how AVID strategies help the students learn and be successful in all classrooms while maintaining good attendance and GPAs over 2.0. The 2018 AVID seniors are Fatuma Abdallah, Abigail Aguilar, Khadija Ali, Madison Gunnufson, Clay Hall, Blair Jackson, Kaitlyn Jarrett, Deion Larry, Chrah Maii, Avyan Mejdeen, Sofia Perez Chupina, Dominic Ramirez, Salena Rock, Justin Rudnick, Lydia Shaia, Anndy Trieu, Otis Weah and David Wichmann.

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Superintendent’s Spud Award: Distinguished Service on Videos

October 26, 2015

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Moorhead High School student Devon Solwold for his distinguished service and dedication in helping to create the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) behavioral expectation videos for Ellen Hopkins Elementary School. His volunteer work on the production and post-production editing made the videos look professional and complete.
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Superintendent’s Spud Award

May 11, 2015

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Travis Evert, Moorhead High School student, for his leadership and distinguished service in presenting to teachers and administrators about his use of assistive technology at the Charting the C’s state conference in April 2015. Read More

Spud Award: Destination Imagination Volunteer Distinguished Service

April 13, 2015

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Jace Duffield, North Dakota State University student and volunteer Destination Imagination team manager, for his distinguished service and dedication in managing the students and communicating with parents while serving as a volunteer team manager for a group of Ellen Hopkins Elementary second-grade students in Destination Imagination. Read More

Superintendent’s Spud Award: Reinertsen Teacher Distinguished Service

January 26, 2015

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Shannon Rieder, fourth-grade teacher at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School, for her distinguished service in fostering a love for learning and enjoyment of reading in her students. Read More

Superintendent’s Spud Award: Horizon Student Leadership

May 27, 2014

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Horizon Middle School students Alonzo Cruz, Zaman Mohammed-Ridha, Joshua Acevedo, Maryam Al Bayati, Dunya Ali, Eduardo Cardona, Griselda Cervantes, Anadia Cruz, Bujar Djemailji, Dzevahira Dzemailji, Sali Kakos, Ismael Perez, Mirna Shaia, Charles Sulaica and Fljurijan Zuka and teacher Amy Taylor for their leadership in planning and implementing We Act global (Free the Children We Create Change fundraiser) and local (T-shirt fundraiser and tie-blanket assembly for Roger Maris Cancer Center) projects the 2013-14 school year. Read More

Superintendent’s Spud Award: Moorhead High Teacher Innovation

February 24, 2014

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Moorhead High School mathematics teacher Brian Olmanson for his innovation in teaching. Olmanson is using the “flipped” method of teaching for students and has provided parent meetings to help parents understand the strategy. Read More

Superintendent’s Spud Award: Horizon Student Leadership

January 27, 2014

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Horizon Middle School student Dylan Stage for his leadership and dedication. Stage demonstrates responsibility for academics, commitment to his school attendance, and respect and kindness for others. Read More

Superintendent’s Spud Award: Kindergarten Teacher Leadership

December 9, 2013

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to kindergarten teachers Su Botner and Deb Dawson, S.G. Reinertsen/Probstfield Elementary, Colleen Geffe-Dahle, Robert Asp Elementary, and Megan Hilleren, Ellen Hopkins Elementary, for their distinguished service and leadership. This team of teachers has provided leadership over the summer and this fall in planning and implementing the district’s all-day kindergarten program. Read More